One of my favorite stories from history is about an old warrior named Gideon who led his army to victory against insurmountable odds. As the story goes, Gideon and his men were badly outnumbered, exhausted, battered and bruised, when they came to a crossing in a river.
The story is found in Judges 8:4, the verse reads, “Then Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to the Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing.”
You have to love a guy who keeps on keeping on and can convince his team to follow even when the odds are stacked against them..,One of the greatest attributes a leader can possess is perseverance.
As I look at my own life and leadership there are several things that make me weary at times. A lack of resources, challenging relationships, unrealistic expectations, demands on my time, and even a need to be relevant and creative writing a weekly leadership blog, all cause fatigue from time to time. Each of these can be obstacles, and even enemies, waiting daily to attack me and steal my joy.
My son, Zachary recently faced a few of these same challenges. After finishing strong, not quitting, weary yet grinding daily and pushing forward despite obstacles and challenges in the fire academy, he earned his Firefighter 1&2, Haz-mat ops, and EMT National Certifications.
His obstacles were challenging and overwhelming at times, yet he kept pursuing, kept pushing, not giving up on his dream. Today, after nearly 10 months of Fire and EMT training his dream becomes reality as he begins his full-time career as a Firefighter and EMT with the Coweta County Fire Department.
Like Gideon, we have a decision to make. We can either run and hide, giving in to challenges, pressures and obstacles, or we can keep on pursuing, seeking to make a difference with our life and in the lives of others regardless of the challenges and obstacles we face.
I don’t know about you, however I am choosing to pursue. Just like Gideon, I long to be marked by perseverance.
How about you? If there is a place in your life where you have considered folding your hands and giving up? I say don’t – Keep swinging. Endure. Persevere. Finish.
It’s possible to be weary and still pursue…just ask my son, Zachary. Make that choice, and you might find that your energy will return as well.
If Gideon can overcome, you can too. But only if you keep pursuing.
What are some actions steps you do to overcome being weary?